May 2014 | Issue 13
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As we continue to expand our reach, we are learning about more arts and health initiatives across Canada and are creating a central repository of all these projects. In parallel, our hope is for AHNC to serve as a platform for dialogue among the Network’s participants as well as those interested to learn more about arts and health.

Make sure to sign up for our first free webinar on June 4th, to talk about arts and health in Canada.  Our panel includes: Amy Clements-Cortes, Sarah de Leeuw, Stephen Leafloor and AHNC’s Kira Tozer. We are looking forward to the dialogue and hope that you can participate. This webinar is organized in partnership with CHNET-Works! at the University of Ottawa.

For those of you in Vancouver, our community partner, Arts Health BC is co-hosting the opening reception of the Agewell Chataqua Project exhibition on May 29th-June 8th. During this time, there will be ample opportunity to engage in creative dialogues and workshops on aging and seniors’ health. Arts Health BC will also be presenting at the Creative Aging Awareness Day in Kelowna, B.C.

In the spirit of creativity and wellness,
Nicki Kahnamoui
Acting Executive Director, Arts Health Network Canada
Poetry Project Helps Dementia Patients Live in the Moment

Gardening Project Helps Those Living with Mental Illness

Putting Drama to Work to Soothe

How Patients Might Design a Psychiatric Hospital

Music | A Healing Art

Mental Health Support Available Close to Home

SickKids Music Therapist Shares Soothing Power of Song with Sick Children

Art as Therapy, from British Pop Philosopher Alain de Botton, Touches Ground at the AGO

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Arts and Health Champions

Bryce Evans

Bryce Evans is a professional Artist + Photographer living in Vancouver, Canada. He founded The One Project in 2010 and specializes in conceptual, abstract, and experimental subject matter. He aims to drive positive social change in the world by evoking emotion and provoking thought within the viewer. Evans’ works range from exaggerated minimalism to overwhelming patterns that represent the range of experiences and emotions present within us. With a Business Administration diploma majoring in marketing



Seven-year-old Afghan War Victim Creates Mind-blowing Paintings After Being Fitted with a Prosthetic Arm

The doctors and therapists who worked with a little girl from Afghanistan knew the prosthetic arm they gave her would change her life. 
What they didn't anticipate was that within weeks of strapping on her new limb, seven-year-old Shah Bibi Tarakhail 
would be using it to 




Saraƒin is a Toronto area cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and activist. Her first novel, Asylum Squad Side Story: The Psychosis Diaries collects the earlier strips, which were first uploaded to an online blog during Saraƒin’s hospital passes.
SaraÆ’in lives with the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder, which was brought on by chronic marijuana and automatism usage. 
She has been mentioned in the Globe and Mail, the Torontoist, has been published in

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May 26-29, 2014
Canadian Public Health Association 2014 Annual Conference
Toronto, Ontario

May 27- June 8, 2014

Make sure to check out our ever-growing database of arts & health journal articles on Mendeley.

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Contribute to the Arts Health Network Canada "Visual Dispensary" on Pinterest!


Call for Reflections

May 30, 2014
LOVE-BC: Office and Communications Coordinator

June 8, 2014 
Dandelion Dance Company is looking for new dancers

June 10, 2014 
Call For Presentations: Acting Now For Social Change

Check Out Our Website for a Full Listing of Upcoming Opportunities>>
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